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3/22/2005 11:20:16 AM
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Lawyers for Dr. Dre have requested that a five-year-old multi-million dollar lawsuit be dismissed, after the super producer was sued by several people that claimed they were illegally included in 2001's "Up in Smoke" DVD.
Dre, Time Warner Inc. and Best Buy were hit with the lawsuit in 2000, after several people claimed their private backstage conversations were illegally videotaped and included in the DVD.
The contested clip features a former spokesman for the mayor of Detroit and former police officers in a heated argument with representatives for Dre over a controversial video clip that the police later censored.
They claim they never authorized their appearance in the popular DVD, which also featured performances by Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.
Lawyers for Dre dismissed the allegations and said that all three were aware the cameras were rolling.
The lawsuit is one of several headaches the "Up in Smoke" tour encountered in 2000 in Detroit, Michigan.
When the tour hit town, Detroit police officers prevented Dre from playing an explicit video during the performance.
Shortly afterwards, the super producer filed a $25 million dollar lawsuit against the city, claiming his right to free speech had been trampled.
The three plaintiffs were originally seeking damages totaling $3 billion and settled a portion of the lawsuit in January of 2004.
All individuals filed state and federal lawsuits against the super producer for "acquiring and commercial exploitation of the victims private conversations and their likenesses."
A judge previously ruled in favor of Dre pertaining to the controversial clip featured in the "Up in Smoke" tour.
In April of 2002, a judge ruled the city violated Dre's free speech and ordered the city of Detroit to issue an apology for preventing the video from being played during the sold out show.
Additionally, the city was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, issue an apology to Dr. Dre and the Detroit Police were forced to undergo first amendment training.
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